Devils Dyke rule change: NEVER inflate gliders on or below the paddock footpath. ALWAYS check all around for traffic.

Steve Purdie's picture

Good airmanship requires that paragliders must not be inflated in or below the paddock unless their pilots can see that there are no hang gliders present.
It is not possible for them to to so from low down the paddock, still less in front, without their first walking up to a position above the brow of the hill.

Consequently NO PARAGLIDERS ARE TO BE INFLATED ON OR BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE FOOTPATH IN FRONT OF DEVILS DYKE PADDOCK AT ANY TIME.

Pilots MUST be able to visually check that there are no hang gliders using or about to use the paddock before inflating their wings. This is no more than an affirmation of the general principle that a pilot MUST complete a full pre-flight check, in particular the all around 'traffic' check, immediately before inflating a paraglider.

(This modification to the rules was made under Rule 11a of the constitution which allows the committee to make such changes without reference to a general meeting.)

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No PGs at all in the paddock, anywhere.

Please treat the paddock as an active airfield. Never inflate your paraglider anywhere in the paddock.

Neville Styke's picture

All The Same...

I think I'll still give a shout, if I suspect there may be some P/Gs lurking out of sight below the paddock, to let them know I'm coming through, just in case.

" It's got to be rough to be good!"

Steve Purdie's picture

indeed

Trust nobody...